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Jan 1, 2010

Hash Brown Chili


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 pound ground beef

Salt and pepper

One 15-ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed

One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes

One 1-pound bag frozen shredded hash brown potatoes

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


1.In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste. Add the beef and cook, breaking up the meat, for 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Add the beans and the tomatoes with their juice and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Transfer to an 8-by-11-inch baking dish.

2.Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 400°. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes and cheese. Scatter the potato mixture over the chili. Place the baking dish on a baking sheet and bake until the potatoes are cooked through and the chili is bubbling, about 35 minutes.